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What causes brown stains in underwear

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
One possibility is: Fecal smudging. A second (if you are female) is older, deoxygenated blood from the vagina.

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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Some things: to consider:) A female has three openings in the perineum (bottom) for important bodily functions--the urethra for urine, the vagina for reproductive... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Does OBGYN know?: Bleeding noted on underwear can come from several sources. One of the biggest concerns is bleeding from the uterus or placenta. An OB doctor would wan... Read More
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Vaginitis/cervicitis: Talk to your ob/gyn; this could be due to vaginitis, cervicitis, genital trauma, or even placental abruption (chronic, not acute). A thorough physical... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Ovulatory spotting is quite common and is not dangerous. I would keep a diary to ensure that it only occurs right at ovulation. There are many other c... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Her period: The average age of menarche, when menstruation starts in a young girl, is 12.43 years, and 10% of United States girls start to menstruate BEFORE age 1... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Probably normal: It is probably normal discharge, i would not worry unless it s getting worse, smells bad or other symptoms are associated.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Vaginal discharge...: ...has many possible causes, including pregnancy, miscarriage, various hormone issues, foreign bodies (e.g. a forgotten tampon), and several infection... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Eglash
Family Medicine 35 years experience
A few possibilities: If the spotting is occurring 7-8 days after the last day of your menses, then you may be mid-cycle, and the spotting could be from ovulation. The spot... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
Trauma: Some sort of trauma to the urogenital tract can cause this. See your doctor if it happens again.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
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Old blood: It is most likely old menstrual blood mixed with vaginal and cervical mucous. If you have missed 1 complete cycle, get a pregnancy test.